I put Eddi Reader up there with the best artists in the world. Artists whose every release is always anticipated and also celebrated. She recently dropped her Best Of album and if you haven’t read my review yet, please check it out.
This little Q&A was arranged by my good friend Anita Daly. I got a kick after discover this in my mailbox. Eddi Reader has taught me that tact and simplicity always yield good results.
She also shares with us how she is able to maintain that amazing voice! We should all try her techniques if we want to have a singing career.
- The Best of presents the evolution of your musical evolution through the years. Was it an arduous process trying to decide what tracks finally make it to the compilation?
I didn’t choose the tracks, it would have been almost impossible.. I never look back musically so although it sounded like the right time to assess and look at the path I have been on, It was best to keep a good distance so that when I listened I could hear it as a new complete experience. I set aside some time one afternoon and listened afresh to what my Manager Tom Rose chose.
I was very happy with it.
- Looking back, have you known all along that you are going to be this influential?
I don’t have any idea that I am. I do meet people and younger ones who love bits and pieces of what Ive offered up. But if I have influenced I didn’t mean any harm. haha
- What do you miss the most about being with Fairground Attraction?Being in my twenties with energy of a cheetah!
- Your voice is a fascinating instrument. How did you develop that style of singing and how do you maintain the your beautiful voice?I drink loads of water when I work. I try to nap if I have no energy. Sleep repairs muscle and tissue. I try to remember not to shout too much when I talk.
- How’s the book coming along?(Reader is writing a book for publication about her great-uncle Seamus (or James) Reader).I will be relieved when it decides its done with me. I miss it when I’m away from doing it. But it sometimes seems endless.
- Your success has influenced young women singer-songwriters to be brave. How do you see the music business today as compared to the time you fronted your first band?Thank you . I hope that’s somehow true. But I think every human has a love of something and a feeling of purposeful drive. Nothing can stop anyone expressing themselves musically if that’s what they love to do.I am not sure what the music biz is doing now. I ignore it as much as possible. I think the same is true today as it was before my time: Do it with love and light and the joy will be a great reward, the Mercedes will come later.
- And finally, your message to your fans?
To anyone who has spent time listening while I sing I want to say thank you so much. xxxxx